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Will you help save animals like Sophie?
I am often amazed when I walk around the SPCA Auckland Village just how many different types of dogs I see. I often wonder what their story is, and how they came to be in our care. And hope that it won’t be long before they find a new home.
When I met Sophie she was recuperating in our hospital’s dog ward. She had been snoozing in her bed but got up when she heard me come in. Despite a big blue cast on her tiny little leg, her whole body was shaking to the rhythm of her tail. She was clearly pleased to have a visitor, and I couldn’t help but smile.
The team tells me Sophie came into SPCA Auckland with one of our volunteer drivers. Her owners had left her at a vet clinic as they could not afford to care for her. Injured and alone, she had no one. I am just thankful we were there to help.
Thousands of injured, neglected or abandoned animals are relying on you. Will you please send a gift today to help other vulnerable animals like Sophie get the medical treatment they need?
I can’t imagine how confusing it must be for some of the animals that come here. One day they are part of a loving family, the next they are in an unfamiliar place surrounded by strangers. Sometimes I wonder if they think about their family and question why they have abandoned them. You only have to look in to their eyes to know they feel sadness; one can’t help but feel their heartache.
When Sophie arrived we x-rayed her which confirmed a severe break in her front right leg. Her tiny bones meant the surgery was extremely long and difficult. We did not have a plate that was small enough to place in her leg, so our vet used a small pin to brace the leg and help the bone heal.
After five weeks Sophie was strong enough to be placed in foster care. Her foster mum tells me she has settled in very well with her new family, always wanting to play with the much larger dogs, even sneaking in to steal food from their bowls. When she is not playing, she has a dragonfly soft toy from SPCA Auckland that she loves to carry around the house.
Life is looking a lot brighter for Sophie, but her journey is far from over. As well as the broken leg, she also suffers from a luxating patella – a potentially painful condition that means her knee cap can dislocate. Sophie will likely need to undergo further surgery to fix this condition before she can start looking for her permanent home.
By donating today you can help us to provide medical care for the thousands of animals like Sophie that need our help. But we can’t do it without you.
$30 will help provide a warm bed and shelter while an animal recovers in hospital
$65 vaccinates a dog to prevent illness and disease
$105 will help an Inspector rescue a dog in need